Ring in the Year with…

…the right glassware.

Beer afficianados, even the ones not into breweriana and collecting end up with pint glasses and tasting glasses and many other branded glasses but I sometimes wish that I had a complete set of craft beer glassware at the ready for every occasion.

And as much as I love promoting local and favorite breweries via their logo on a shaker pint, I do wish that I could have a set that really shows off the beer in color and aroma.

Something like this…..


…from the Red Envelope website and made in Bavaria by Spiegalau.

    • stemmed pilsner glass has 15 1/2 oz. capacity and is designed with an open mouth for intense flavor release – ideal for stouts, Belgian style ales and pilsners

FOR MY Belgian Strong Monkish ale, Anomaly

    • grand pilsner glass has 15 oz. capacity and a slim elegant shape to channel dry hop aromas – ideal for light golden color pilsners such as German or Bohemian styles

FOR MY light and big hopped Lagunitas Sucks

    • wheat beer glass with 24 2/3 oz. capacity and a tall wide shape that allows for fluffy head – ideal for German wheat beer, Belgian whites and wheat ales

FOR MY Lomaland Saison from Modern Times

    • lager beer glass with 19 3/4 oz. capacity and classic lager shape – ideal for powerful IPAs, pale lagers and English strong ales

FOR MY  Fresh Hop (and Salmon Safe) IPA from New Belgium

N to the YE


Now, readers of this blog will know that I do not prefer (to put it mildly) to go out on New Year’s Eve.  Much like I avoid going out on St. Patricks or Cinco de Mayo or the other “party” holidays.  But far be it for me to dissuade those who DO enjoy it.  If you count yourself as one of these “wrong” people then you have three solid options from the Golden Road group/collective:

For the foodie, beer enthusiast and neighborhood bar goer


Mohawk Bend: Best of Mohawk Bend, NYE for the foodie

When: Dec. 31, 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Dinner: Most popular items of 2013, served family-style for each table

  • Buffalo Cauliflower (V)

  • Mohawk Burger Sliders (NV)

  • Bacon-wrapped Dates (NV)

  • Veggie Sliders (V)

  • Peel & Eat Shrimp (NV)

  • Soba Noodle Salad (V)

  • Chopped Salad (V)

  • Breaded Zucchini Spears (V)

  • Sweet Potato & French Fries (V)

  • Assorted Pizzas (V & NV)

Dessert: Dessert platter for each table with house-made sweets like brownies, cakes and cookies

Toast: Beer by Golden Road

Price: $40 per person includes food, beer toast and NYE party favors

Reservations: reservations@mohawk.la or online at Mohawk.la and list Best of Mohawk in comments

Walk-ins welcome to enjoy a la carte menu items in bar area at regular price, not including toast


Tony’s Darts Away: NYE for Neighborhood Pub Goer

Dinner: Reliable Tony’s Darts Away favorites + specials (served in app size)

  • Pyntch’s Mad Sweet-Potato Fries tossed in maple-chipotle glaze 
and crushed almonds

  • Becky’s bad ass potatoes: russet wedges tossed in buffalo sauce, “blue cheese”, celery & carrots

  • Golden state salad: field greens, beets, sprouts, avocado, almonds, Point reyes blue cheese (optional), house vinaigrette

  • Fried brussel sprouts, caramelized onions, apples

  • Vegan meatloaf sliders, ketchup, tomato, lettuce & onions

  • Vegan & non vegan sausage platters: a selection of our best sausages served with mustard, grilled onions & pepper and French bread

  • and more

Toast: Beer by Golden Road

Price: $75 for food, unlimited beer, custom beer glass and raffle tickets until Dec. 20, $85 thereafter

Reservations: buy in-person, call 818.253.1710 or email reservations@tonys.la

Pub @ Golden Road: For the Beer Enthusiast

Celebrate NYE at your favorite pub with beer pairing tasting menu + local live music

Food: Below a la carte served as tasting menu with beer flights ($30) or a la carte…

  • A la carte options include

    • Fuyu Persimmon Salad

    • Truffled Potato and Leek Puree

    • Braised Short Ribs

  • Vegan a la carte:

    • Fuyu Persimmon Salad

    • Truffled Potato and Leek Puree

    • Sundried Tomato Polenta

*regular menu also available

no reservations required

Music: Skin & Bones, LA-based duo performing blues/folk

to ring in 2012

If you haven’t settled on a party for New Years Eve, here are two in the Los Angeles area that you can try (if tickets are still available)

1) Tony’s Darts Away will have one 9pm seating featuring an abundance of vegan and non-vegan fare and beers. $95 for you all you can eat AND drink, plus a commemorative glass (tax and gratuity included).

Tony’s will also be raffling prizes throughout the night, including vintage California craft beer; gift certificates for Tony’s Darts Away + Mohawk Bend; Golden Road Brewing swag; and the grand prize: brewing a batch of beer with Golden Road Brewing’s brewmaster, Jon Carpenter. For reservations, email NYE2012@tonys.la

2) City Tavern in Culver City will be hosting a “Brew Years Eve” Beer Garden. From 10pm to 1:30am, $68 will allow patrons to enjoy unlimited beer, wine & champagne, plus a glass an extra special toast at midnight; a reduced $56 price tag will be extended to guests with an accompanying dinner reservation (full kitchen ‘til 10pm).

In addition, City Tavern’s notorious table tap booths can be reserved for $100 per person (each booth seats 6-8, 10 if you’re determined/overly friendly), and includes unlimited table taps, wine & champagne, plus an extra bottle of champagne to toast at midnight.

Tony’s Darts Away for New Years Eve

Here is the scoop…

“Doors open at 8PM. Vegan or Not Vegan feast, unlimited pours all night long, reserved table for the whole night and a Tony’s 2011 beer glass. $75.

Starting at 10:30, we will have a few more people join us for an after dinner celebration that will include unlimited pours and a Tony’s 2011 glass but seating will be very limited. $40.

DJ Randy Sosin is confirmed to play!

Email us at nye2011@tonys.la to reserve your spot.

Leave the number of guests for the feast and all night, and how many for after 1030 only. Leave a contact name and number.

Feast reservations will be given preference. Other than that its first
come first serve. We will call all requests and take credit card
payment or people can pay in cash at the pub.”